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Newtons Laws of Motion Research-Physical Science 1st Year Senior School 1 Who was Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe near Grantham in Lincolnshire He was delivered in 1642 and lived as a famous mathematician and physicist until 1727 He also attended school in Lincolnshire after his graduation he entered Cambridge University in 1661 He then became one of the worlds most reputable and foremost scientific intellects of all time He was then elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 1667 and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in 1669 He remained at the university lecturing in most years until 1696 While studying at Cambridge he singled out the years of 1665-1666 in which Newton was at the height of his creative power at this time in his life we was at the prime of my age for invention 2 What other studies did he conduct besides from the motion of objects Optics In 1664 while still a student Newton read recent work on optics and light by the English physicists Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke he also studied both the mathematics and the physics of the French philosopher and scientist Ren Descartes He investigated the refraction of light by a glass prism Mathematics Newton discovered measurable mathematical patterns in the phenomenon of colour He found white light to be a mixture of infinitely varied coloured rays each ray definable by the angle through which it is refracted on entering or leaving a given transparent medium He correlated this notion with his study of the interference colours of thin films using a simple technique of extreme acuity to measure the thickness of such films He held that light consisted of streams of minute particles From his experiments he could infer the magnitudes of the transparent corpuscles forming the surfaces of bodies which according to their dimensions so interacted with white light as to reflect selectively the different observed colours of
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